Monthly Archives: October 2018

Watch ‘Frankenreads’ from the Library of Congress

Happy Halloween! Live from the Library of Congress, enjoy a reading of the novel, Frankenstein. The live stream began at 7 a.m. MDT, but there’s plenty of Mary Shelley’s horror yet to be heard.

From the LOC:

It has been 200 years since English novelist Mary Shelley captured our imagination with the Gothic classic “Frankenstein.” Watch LIVE as the Library of Congress hosts “Frankenreads,” a Bloomsday-style public read-athon of the novel in its entirety on Oct. 31, beginning at 9AM ET, in the Library’s Main Reading Room. The event is part of a global celebration of nearly 600 partners in 49 countries participating in “Frankenreads” events during Frankenstein Week, Oct. 26- Oct. 31. The excitement can be followed on Twitter at @Events_LOC and #Frankenreads.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for November

site logoThe November 2018 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with with 76 live offerings and 3 to watch “At Your Leisure.” Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers.

View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Trademark Tuesday at the WSL

Bring a brown bag lunch and join us at the Wyoming State Library, 2800 Central Ave. in Cheyenne, for an informative session on intellectual property.

On November 13, the WSL will hold its next Trademark Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. MT in the library’s main meeting room. This is an interactive broadcast with experts from the USPTO’s Trademark Assistance Center (TAC), which is based at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. During this virtual program, TAC experts will provide an overview of various aspects of trademarks.This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more and register to attend. Registration requested, but not required.

To get the most out of this event, participants may wish to informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare questions to ask the trademark experts.

The Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Wyoming State Library and other partners located across the region is hosting this session. Additional Trademark Tuesdays are planned in 2019 for February 4, May 14, and August 13.

Last Call for Movers & Shakers Nominations

The deadline is fast approaching but there’s still time. Nominations for the 2019 class of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers will be accepted through November 2, 2018.

The editors of Library Journal need your help identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Movers & Shakers profiles 50 or more up-and-coming, innovative, creative individuals from around the world — both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors — who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.

Nominate a deserving Wyoming librarian.

Wyoming has had three librarians named as Movers and Shakers in past years: Amy J. Shelley in 2003, Jamie Markus in 2009, and Carrie Lucas in 2015.

From librarians and non-degreed library workers to publishers, vendors, coders, entrepreneurs, reviewers, and others who impact the library field, Movers & Shakers 2019 will celebrate those people who are moving all types of libraries ahead.

Free Continuing Education Events for October 29-31

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of October 15 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at November’s events are coming soon!

All times MDT

Tuesday, Oct 30 (12-1 pm)
Rural America: Federal and Non-Profit Resources on Economic Development, Health, and Housing (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce three online resources dedicated to analyzing and providing data for rural areas: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency; The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub); and The Housing Assistance Council.

Tuesday, Oct 30 (1-2 pm)
Book Tasting in the Library: A recipe for reading (Infopeople)
In this webinar, presenter Angela Maxwell will share examples of multiple book tasting events targeted at a teen audience. Attendees will have access to templates, as well as free online tools to implement their own book tasting event.

Tuesday, Oct 30 (1-2 pm)
Why a Digital Media Lab Belongs in Your Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Using digital media for self-expression, communication and creativity is a 21st century literacy.  Much like makerspaces, Digital Media Labs provide patrons with hands-on opportunities to build skills that can be transferred to school and the workplace, but can also bring out aspiring or seasoned hobbyists. In this webinar, two different librarians, Casey Dees of Tom Green County Library (San  Angelo, TX) and Kelly Brouillard of Lewisville Public Library (Lewisville, TX), will discuss their library’s digital media lab.

Tuesday, Oct 30 (5-6:30 pm)
The Boardroom 2018: Seven Habits of Effective Library Boards (State Library of Iowa)
This webinar proposes ideas for improving board productivity and community responsiveness.  Among the seven habits: foster respectful relationships, advocate for advancements, and create a culture of lifelong learning.  This wrap-up session Includes highlights from this year’s Boardroom series, helping to underscore the Seven Habits of Effective Library Boards.

Tuesday, Oct 30 (7-8 pm)
AI Bot ‘Professor/Librarian’ Delivers Lecture to Combat Fake News (San Jose State University iSchool)
Plutchik is the first artificial intelligence (AI) agent to deliver a fully automated lecture like a professor. This includes: delivering a talk in voice, changing slides, initiating videos, using appropriate gestures and facial expressions, and using 3D educational objects during a talk. Following the lecture, there will be time for the audience to interact with the bot asking any questions they like. Technology questions about the bot will be answered by Archivist Llewellyn.

Wednesday, Oct 31 (8:30-9:30 am)
5 Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits (Firespring)
Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends shaping a new reality for nonprofits.

Wednesday, Oct 31 (9-10 am)
NCompass Live: Teaching Digital Literacy in Your Library (Nebraska Library Commission)
We all know that librarians are the information superheroes of the world. It’s only natural that we would hold the key to digital literacy! When the topic is raised, people think of everything from learning e-readers, to practicing web safety, or building a website. This is all part of learning how to find, use, create and share digital content. The fun part is that digital literacy is always going to mean different things to different people. The trick is to find free resources library patrons will want to use. This webinar will help you prepare to teach digital literacy in your library.

10 Time Savers for Library and Tech professionals

By Doug Johnson
Reposted from the Blue Skunk Blog

I have the undeserved reputation of being a hard worker. Our school’s technology department runs as smoothly as one can expect these things to run. I manage to get a few things written and published each year and take an active part in several professional and community organizations. I take all my vacation time, watch too many movies, socialize, and get in a bit of exercise. But I am truly at heart, a very lazy individual.

As media and technology professionals we are being asked to do an increasing number of tasks that are often increasingly complex. As schools reduce “support” personnel, those of us remaining are picking up the slack. It behooves us all to thing about our time management skills. May I share a few of mine?

  1. Never do something you can foist on to someone else. (Oops, I mean delegate.) If you have support staff, use them to the maximum. It’s surprising how talented and creative people can be when you ask it of them. On the flip side, insist that anyone you supervise does not put in unpaid overtime. Period.
  2. Examine whether work that takes up your time is worthwhile. Some tasks are simply not worth doing or not worth doing very well. For many reports and inventories, if you can be 90% accurate that’s good enough. A job not worth doing is not worth doing well.
  3. Examine whether the work is really yours. I have never liked the whine “It’s not my job.” but sometimes we really aren’t the right person for some jobs we are asked to do. I no longer review and recommend curricular software. That is no more my job than reviewing textbooks – it should be done by content area curriculum writers. Be careful about this one through. If a job is mission critical, it can add to your job security.
  4. Some projects just need to be dumped, losses cut. I don’t to do this often, but every once in awhile it’s about all you can do.
  5. Never save anything that you know somebody else keeps. You can always get it from the other person. I only have one small file drawer and I probably only look at half a dozen folders in it. A good filing system for saved files on your computer is a real time saver.
  6. Toss ALL junk mail and just skim journals and magazines. I read one article out of fifty, but still feel fairly in the know.
  7. Use the e-mail delete key early and often. Set your e-mail filter to eliminate as much spam as possible and to direct messages from listservs into their own folders. Read listserv subject headings and mass delete those of little relevance. Only check your e-mail a couple times a day.
  8. Spend the last hour of each week just get the top of your desk cleared off. The illusion of control is important and a neat desk is a good way to start any week. Spend a morning twice a year to clean and organize your office. A few minutes organizing saves lots of time in the long run. (Great task if the network is down.)
  9. Learn to take breaks when needed. Nothing slows me down like a brain-clog – a task that is seemingly impossible to complete. Get away from it, take a short walk, get a fresh cup of coffee, and then come back to it.
  10. Like what you do. If you are miserable in your job, find a different line of work. If you have a passion for your work, it’s not really work at all.

All these suggestions are easy to make, but difficult to practice. But it is important to our patrons, our organizations, and to ourselves that on a daily basis we consciously evaluate how we direct our energies. As Annie Dillard reminds us, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Casper College Readies for 5th Book Drive

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The Casper College Goodstein Foundation library is getting ready for its 5th Annual K-12 New Book Drive to benefit Wyoming Food for Thought.

The library sponsors its book drive to support the College’s mission of community building, literacy, and lifelong learning. They also use this event to draw attention to the problem of food-insecure families in Natrona County, by partnering with the Wyoming Food For Thought Project.

Wyoming Food for Thought distributes weekly bags of food to K-12 students who are in food-insecure situations to get them through the weekend. Donations to the library book drive add a new book (ages K-12, all genres) to the winter food bag over the holiday break for the child or teen to keep, read, and treasure. Nonperishable food items are also appreciated.

The K-12 New Book Drive helps raise community awareness of food-insecure families within Natrona County and also gives those families the gift of reading. Last year Casper College Library collected approximately 800 books — enough to give one to each food-insecure child served by Wyoming Food for Thought. The need for food bags (and books) is expected to be at the same level this year.

The Tate Museum Gift shop, Verda James Elementary, Dean Morgan Middle School, and Fort Caspar Academy partner with the library as drop off points for book donations. Collection spots are also found around the college, and library staff can pick up donations from anyone on campus who can’t make it to a collection spot.

Not in Casper? (Or just don’t want to leave the house?) The library has an Amazon wish list of titles you can donate online.

Questions may be directed to the Casper College Goodstein Library at or (307) 268-2269

Teens Create at Charcoal & Quill Guild

Helen Pugsley with some of the teens in Charcoal and Quill Guild.

From Goshen County Library

Helen Pugsley said that when she interviewed for her job with with Goshen County Library Director Joan Brinkley, “Joan mentioned that there weren’t many resources for teens available at that time. During my job interview is when we started laying plans for Charcoal and Quill Guild.”

Charcoal and Quill Guild is a group for creative teenagers. Once a week youths between the ages of 13-18 meet in the back room of the library, have tea, homemade cookies provided by the guild goers that enjoy baking, show each other the art work they made for that week, and do a small art project. “A lot of people can’t believe that kids write and draw outside of English class and art class! When I was younger it was practically a compulsion. The type of kids my friends and I were are the ones I know how to reach. These kids are passionate about being creative and I think everyone needs an adult to fuel that at their age,” Pugsley said.

Camaraderie along with the art

Up to once a month, Charcoal and Quill Guild invites guest creators — artists, writers, poets, film makers, sculptors that have made a career out of their artistic abilities. “I feel that it’s important to show these youths that you can make a career out of art.” Pugsley explained. “And I don’t want to be the only example of that.” (Pugsley is a published author as well as a recreational artist.)

What keeps teens coming back to Charcoal and Quill Guild? In their own words:

“Friends, tea, and most importantly I get to express myself in ways I usually can’t.”

“Yes,” one continued, “We’re all different and here we get to show it.”

“Here I can just be… Me! I feel so safe.”

Family Night

The Charcoal and Quill Guild displays their work in the library’s young adult section on top of the book shelf — both the crafts the teens made during the guild’s hour and things they’ve written and drawn at home.

“We’ve had people who write poetry, draw, fashion design, wood burn, sculpt, edit videos, paint — you name it. Sometimes the hard part is figuring out how best to show the public Goshen County’s teenagers’ works.” Pugsley said. “We have a whole Facebook album.”

Part of the idea is to get the youths used to exhibition. “The more you do it the easier it gets.” This past April Charcoal and Quill Guild even held an open house in the library. The teens had to prepare their art to display, dress nicely, and act like professional artists. “The kids were phenomenal. Their parents and I were so proud of them! Everyone worked so hard to make it a wonderful experience. Especially the parents.”

Goshen County library staff and Charcoal & Quill Guild members all dressed up.

Charcoal and Quill Guild meets once a week on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Anyone between the ages of 13-18 who has yet to graduate high school is welcome.

Spread the Word About Letters About Literature

Wyoming students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. The 2018-19 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest will open November 1.

You can help spread the word. We’ve created the promotional posters above to help you spread the word. Download and print the PDF, or use the JPG in your own presentations, emails, newsletters, social media, or any other way you can think of to inspire a teen or tween to enter.

Letters About Literature is a Library of Congress national reading/writing promotion program. Entries will be judged at the state and national level in three age categories: grades 4-6, grades 7-8, and grades 9-12. At each age level, Wyoming winners will receive an Amazon gift card worth $150 for first place, $100 for second, or $50 for third. First-place winners will be advanced to national competition. Both individual and classroom entries are welcome. Deadline for Wyoming entries will be January 11, 2019.

Boogers, Books & Boys!

Reposted from Laramie County Library System

Think of all the people you know who are avid readers. What percentage are men and what percentage are women? Surveys consistently find that women read more books as a pastime than men.

As a mother of two little boys, this is concerning for me. Strong readers experience success at school in a myriad of ways. In a study of 17,000 subjects published by The Guardian, Dr. Alice Sullivan found that reading for pleasure was linked to greater intellectual progress in vocabulary, spelling and mathematics. In fact, the impact was around four times greater than that of having a parent with a post-secondary degree. So much of school involves reading that if a child falls behind in this area school becomes less fun, which results in the child falling further behind, which culminates in school being less fun. You see the downward spiral. Boys especially dislike doing things they don’t feel good at, particularly in front of their peers. On his web site,, teacher and author Jon Scieszka writes,“Because the majority of adults involved in kids’ reading are women, boys might not see reading as a masculine activity.”

So what are some ways to get your boy reading? First of all, pick books that interest him. Here are some suggestions:

  • Non-fiction books (Even for little kids. You can find your 3 year old plenty of truck books.)
  • And yes, funny in ways moms don’t appreciate…you know, boogers and farts.
  • Books with pictures, comic books or graphic novels
  • Adventures
  • Boy protagonists. We all want to see ourselves in the hero.
  • Book versions of their favorite TV shows; Paw Patrol, Ninjago, or Teen Titans Go for instance. I know it’s not classic literature, but the point is to get your kid reading.

Secondly, get Dad or Grandpa or Uncle Kevin reading to your boys. Even if it’s once a week. Boys should see men read to know it’s not only a pastime for girls.

Next, of course, read. Kids do what they see modeled for them.

Lastly, make reading special and fun. There are lots of ways you can do this. One friend of mine made a reading tent for her kids complete with a painted tree on the wall, twinkly lights, plush pillows and a tent roof. My mom used to tell us “today we are going to have a read-a-thon.” We could check out as many books as we wanted, we made snacks, got a pile of blankets and pillows, and she would read to us for hours. A coworker of mine told me she and her brother were not allowed to read at the table except once a week, when their mom would take them out for dinner and they all brought a library book and got to read the whole time they ate! She loved it.